Mirror Neurons: A Return to Pragmatism and Implications for an Embodied Intersubjectivity

  • David D. Franks


Mirror neurons came on the neuroscientific scene in 1991 when an Italian animal researcher named Giacomo Rizzolatti observed that the very same neurons fired when monkeys were watching an activity as occurred when the monkey’s themselves performed that same activity. That is, the same neurons fired when the animals were watching something being grasped as fired when they actually grasped it themselves. Passively watching a behavior and actively doing that behavior where activated by the same neurons.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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